What are gallstones?

Your gallbladder is a small organ below the liver in the upper right abdomen. It’s a pouch that stores bile, a green-yellow liquid that helps with digestion. Most gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in the bile.

Gallstone surgery

Gallstones are best treated by an operation that removes the gallbladder. Some medicines do exist that may gradually dissolve gallstones, if taken over a period of time.

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Gallstones are best treated by an operation that removes the gallbladder. Some medicines do exist that may gradually dissolve gallstones, if taken over a period of time.

Diagnosis

How are gallstones diagnosed?

Diagnosis

A physical examination that includes checking your eyes and skin for visible changes in color.

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symptoms

What are the symptoms of gallstones?

symptoms

Gallstones can lead to pain in the upper right abdomen. Symptoms are also known as biliary colic.

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Gallstone Causes

What causes gallstones?

gallstone causes

It’s not known exactly what causes gallstones to form, though there are some theories.

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Mr Christian Macutkiewicz

BSc(Hons) MBChB(Hons) MD PGCertEd FHEA FRCS

I am a Consultant General and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Spire Manchester Hospital, Kenmore Medical Centre and The BMI Alexandra Hospital. I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Biochemistry and then went on to graduate with Honours in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 2000.


“Christian was really easy to talk to and reassuring. He was very clear as to the procedure and it’s impact including how and when I would recover post Op. He even took the trouble to phone me on schedule to check my progress despite him having been diverted to manage Covid 19 patients. Thank you Christian.”

Written by a patient at Spire Manchester Hospital


“Mr Macutkiewicz saved my husbands life after a routine colonoscopy went wrong. The care he gave my husband was amazing. He was happy to talk us through what would happen. His manner was very calming and reassuring. When I was able to see him, he was happy to talk to me about my husbands condition. He couldn’t have done more for my husband. I will be forever grateful for what he did..”

Written by a carer at Manchester Royal Infirmary


“This man is wonderful he listened to everything I had to say he is down to earth I recovered so quickly a brilliant surgeon.”

Written by a patient at Spire Manchester Hospital


“I was referred for a Gall Bladder removal. I cannot praise Christian enought he is an excellent doctor, very caring, and explained in detail the operation I was to undergo. He fitted in the surgery around my timetable and was very attentive pre and post operation.”

Written by a patient at Spire Manchester Hospital

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Emma Massoules
Email: info@thegallstoneclinic.com
Tel: 0161 447 6638

Spire Manchester
170 Barlow Moor Road
Manchester
M20 2AF

Clinics available Monday-Saturday as well as Virtual consultations.